Sultan of Sokoto, 100 others die in Abuja Plane Crash

The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammadu MaccidoNigerian sultan among crash dead


The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammadu Maccido and his son, a senator, and other northern leaders were on board the ADC airlines flight to the city of Sokoto.

The plane crashed in a storm shortly after take-off, state radio said. Four people have reportedly survived.

This is Nigeria's third major air disaster in a little over a year.

The BBC's Alex Last in Nigeria says twisted, smouldering remnants of the plane litter the crash site on the edge of Abuja airport.

Eyewitnesses said they heard shouts for help from many survivors but they were unable to help because the plane was engulfed in flames.

'Devastated'

Sokoto State government spokesman Mustapha Sheu said that the northern state's deputy governor, education commissioner and another senator were killed, along with the sultan and his son.


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Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Bafarawa announced five days of mourning for the sultan and the other victims of the crash.

People have converged in front of the sultan's palace, some in tears.

The sultan is due to be buried shortly.

Nigeria's Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) secretary-general Lateef Adegbite described the sultan's death as a tragedy, reports the AFP news agency.

"We are devastated by the tragic plane crash. It has left the Muslim faithfuls without leadership," he said.

"President Olusegun Obasanjo is deeply and profoundly shocked and saddened by the news of the reported air crash," presidential spokeswoman Oluremi Oyo said in a statement.

The president has ordered an investigation, she said.

AP news agency says that the plane was a Boeing 727.

Poor safety

After visiting the crash site, Federal Territory Minister Mallam Nasir el-Rufai told the BBC that the condition of the plane was "deplorable", with "bald tyres".

The government had already announced a major plan to overhaul the aviation industry and improve safety following last year's disasters, which killed more than 200 people.

Several airlines were grounded while safety checks were carried out.

ADC planes were not involved in last year's crashes.

The president himself blamed corruption and corner-cutting for poor safety standards.

Last month 10 senior army commanders were killed when their military plane crashed.

Our correspondent says that air travel in Nigeria has boomed in recent years, but this crash will raise further questions as to how these safety reforms are being implement.

 


ABUJA, Nigeria (CNN) -- A Boeing 737 operated by Nigerian airline ADC crashed Sunday near the Abuja airport shortly after takeoff, airport and government officials told CNN.

The plane was still on fire at the edge of the runway, hours after it crashed around noon local time (6 a.m. ET).

It is believed to have been carrying at least 100 people and there may be some survivors, a senior source with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's office told CNN's Jeff Koinange.

The aircraft was heading to the northern Nigerian state of Sokoto and may have been carrying the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammadu Maccido, the highest ranking official of the Muslim state, the senior source said.

According to ADC's Web site, Flight 53 was scheduled to take off from Abuja at 10:35 a.m. local time and land in Sokoto one hour later.

Nigeria has a poor air safety record, with at least 11 crashes since 1995, killing more than 470 people.

On October 23, 2005, a Bellview Airlines plane went down in bad weather near Lagos, killing all 117 people on board.

An aircraft operated by Sosoliso Airlines crashed in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on December 10, killing all 108 on board including many schoolchildren.


ABUJA (Reuters) - A Nigerian passenger aircraft with more than 100 people on board crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff from the capital Abuja, media and emergency sources said.

The plane, operated by the Nigerian airline ADC, burst into flames and casualties were expected, a security source said. It was en route from the capital to the northern city of Sokoto.

The local radio station Ray Power FM called on doctors to rush to the scene.

"It crash-landed after takeoff. It was an ADC aircraft from Abuja to Sokoto with over 100 people on board," a source in the National Emergency Management Agency said, asking not to be named.

ADC is a popular domestic passenger airline.

It was the third major air crash in Nigeria in just over one year.


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A passenger jet has crashed near the Nigerian capital, Abuja, police say.

Doctors were urged to go to the airport after the plane, on an ADC airlines flight to Sokoto, went down. More than 100 people were on board.

At least 200 people died in two air disasters last year, leading many to question the safety of Nigerian planes.

After the disasters, several airlines were grounded while safety checks were carried out. ADC planes were not involved in last year's crashes.

Last month 10 senior army commanders were killed when their military plane crashed.



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Re: .Leadership of Geriatric Fools
Djister posted on 10-29-2006, 12:51:00 PM
QUOTE:
BORISHADE MUST GO IMMEDIATELY!!

Apart from the obvious loss of life, the decapitation of the power structure that is the Caliphate puts the North and indeed Nigeria in a delicate situation. I hope we find that this is an accident and no foul play is involved at any level. Unless we may be looking at a mini 1966 on our hands.

That brings me to Minister Borishade and his ministry, this man must do the honorable thing and tender his resignation immediately. If not the president should fire him with immediate effect! 4 major air mishaps in his tenure not to mention the minor ones! Yes, the skies have never been safe in Nigeria but this rate of major accidents is unprecedented. Whether it is his fault or not is immaterial, clearly either his ministry is not doing its job or it doesn't know its job. It will not change much in the short term I know, but rewarding him monthly with a salary is too much. He must go, immediately. I am resisting the urge to call for his arrest.


Whether we like to face am or not dis lies firmly at the doorstep of Obasanjo. It shows the callous ineptitude of a President who has no idea who is able and proper to serve in a government.

Let me explain.

Borishade is the same clown who as Minister of Education ruined the system. An old fool who has no idea what he is doing. Remember he was the Minister that the Senate refused to accept after the first term?

Borishade came back down to the south and was sitting around broke and Hungry! Until Obasanjo brought him back slowly, First into Lyel Imoke's Power Ministry and then quietly across to Aviation.

Obasanjo encourages the comments of people in this forum about simply giving jobs and power to his own people. I am ashamed to be his own person.

What is Borishade doing in government?
What track record has he got that anybody can be proud of?
A failure in every Ministry he has gone into.

Now we have the number of fatal crashes during a short time in office. The other day I was watching on NTA as he was greeting the Arik Air Chairman and talking crap!

We will continue to have this kind of mess and loss of life until we have leadership that is truly credible.

Please nobody should come and tell me that it can happen anywhere! We can prevent these things if people in position are truly worthy of the positions they are given instead of being there because 'my broda must wack'!

Beware of the stories that will spread about this matter and let us hope that sanity will prevail. You know what I mean.

Allaahu ak-bar!

I am the Djister !!!
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 13:03:23 PM
This is very interesting. I am happy to hear that the Sultan of Sokoto is dead. I'm also happy to hear that many highly placed politicians are dead.

I hope this events leads to religious riots so that Yorubas can finally have their own independent State.

I won't be suprised if this crash is used by Northern Generals to launch a coup.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Picasso posted on 10-29-2006, 13:09:09 PM
I have never seen a country that wastes the lives of her citizens like Nigeria! What a crying shame?!!

kvn33 & Djister:

Don't hold your breath. Many of us, including yours truly called for Borishade's resignation and the grounding of all domestic flights until the root causes are sorted out and resolved after the Belview/Sosoliso disaster. Nothing happened then and nothing will happen now. Even if 1000 aircrafts drop from the sky in a single day, Borishade will still not resign. That's the modus operandi of a typical African leader. Gross Incompetence! Connoisseurs of Mediocrity!

Many of us are praying for the souls of the departed ones to rest in peace. How can those souls rest in peace when their lives was cut short by gross incompetence on the part of the country's leadership? Who is going to console their loved ones? A woman lost 3 (yes, THREE) children on that ill-fated Sosoliso disaster; who is consoling her just now?

What a country?
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Tengallons posted on 10-29-2006, 13:10:51 PM
Very short video clip of crash site at msnbc.com...
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Bunch17 posted on 10-29-2006, 13:24:26 PM
QUOTE:
This is very interesting. I am happy to hear that the Sultan of Sokoto is dead. I'm also happy to hear that many highly placed politicians are dead.

I hope this events leads to religious riots so that Yorubas can finally have their own independent State.

I won't be suprised if this crash is used by Northern Generals to launch a coup.


Please tell me you were kidding!.
May they rest in peace and may the good Lord grant the families of the dead and the injured the strenght to recover from this man made catastrophy.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 13:27:47 PM
No Bunch17 (Northerner, right?), I am not joking. You see, not all Nigerians like the abomination of a nation.

Again, just to clearify my original point, I am happy that Maccido (or whatever the hell he is called) is dead.

But don't mind me, I'm sure your lover, IBB, would be here in no time to make everything better.

In fact, speaking on Nigeria, Buhari is the only good thing to have come from the Northern region in recent times. (Recent meaning last 30 years).

I wish I was there moments before Maccido death. I would like to talk to him as he lay there in a pool of his blood. Heck, if I'm lucky, his lungs, and jaw might still be intact. In which case, we can talk a little as he lies there dieing. I won't make any effort to save his life.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Smith posted on 10-29-2006, 13:44:48 PM
Afeni,
Please grow up and stop talking like this. I thought you would have changed, and learnt from the comments you get to your posts at NAIRALAND but no you still prefer to keep your brain under your feet.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan may be on board
Afeni posted on 10-29-2006, 13:52:23 PM
QUOTE:
Afeni,
Please grow up and stop talking like this. I thought you would have changed, and learnt from the comments you get to your posts at NAIRALAND but no you still prefer to keep your brain under your feet.



Not to derail this thread, but my comments on nairaland were true (all of it).

Besides, if you look at my posts, I praise Buhari a lot, so I am by no means an ethnic bigot.

Notice how I didn't say I was happy over the deaths of the women, children, and other non-political Nigerians on the flight?

I am only happy over the deaths of "religious leaders" and "politicians." Nigeria, in its current state is a collective failure on their part. Hence, they deserve far worse than their air-mishap.

By the way, who are/were you on nairaland?
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
DeepThought posted on 10-29-2006, 15:25:25 PM
The loss of innocent lives is usually a cause for sorrow. May the souls of the innocent rest in peace. Unfortunately people like IBB were not on board. Having said that, why does this Borishade of a man still have a job?

After reading Afeni's posts I'm waiting for a person like Ednut to come and complain about a conspiracy to keep his tribes men from their share of the dying.
Re: .ADC Air Crash in Abuja - Sultan on board
Pappilo posted on 10-29-2006, 15:50:14 PM
bennie or wehatever your name is. this is no place to air your beef with your former employers. keep this to yourself and maybe go to the employment tribunal with your unfair dismissal case. for you afeni i understand the political leaders and religious leaders are reponsible in part for the problems we have in nigeria but it is not very nice jubilate about someones death
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